Parent Revolution’s Seth Litt: Much more, much better is possible right now
On Sunday, Feb. 11, Parent Revolution’s co-founder Shirley Ford passed away. While Los Angeles lost a tireless champion for underserved children, she left behind a living legacy of parent leaders and allies ready to continue her work in this city and across the nation. As we reflect on the qualities needed in LAUSD’s next superintendent, we...
By Seth Litt | February 19, 2018
LAUSD’s parent committee volunteers: We need someone who knows the district
Nowhere in the Los Angeles Unified District are the feelings of parent frustration, anger, and confusion more palpable than in the district’s central parent committees. These are groups of parents elected by their peers in local districts to represent the parent voice and provide feedback to the superintendent and Board of Education. It is here...
By Farnaz Simantob, Kathy Kantner, Evelyn Aleman, and Paul Robak | February 19, 2018
LAUSD approves expensive health benefits contract but vows to be tougher in negotiations going forward
*Updated Feb. 15 Despite parents’ pleas to deal now with a coming deficit that could require huge cuts, a narrow majority of LA Unified’s school board on Tuesday approved a new contract that commits the district to paying for its employees’ generous health benefits at current levels for the next three years. The contract passed 4-2, with...
By Mike Szymanski | February 14, 2018
Exclusive: Adam Anderson, a third-way candidate for California’s superintendent of instruction, on why he pulled out of the race
Adam Anderson, a third-way candidate for California’s state superintendent of instruction, has pulled out of the race. Anderson, 36, was educated in California public schools through college. He spent six years in Chicago and directed strategy and policy at Chicago Public Schools before returning to California in 2014 to lead strategy and operations at EducationSuperHighway,...
By LA School Report | February 14, 2018
LA parent voice: What matters most in the search for a good school
Every week, we sit down with Los Angeles parents to talk about their students, their schools, and what questions or suggestions they have for their school district. (See our previous interviews.) For parents, finding a good school for their children can be exhausting, especially as they search for the right tools and resources to compare...
By Esmeralda Fabián Romero | February 13, 2018
Commentary: Look to leadership to retain California’s teachers of color
Our nation has a problem with recruiting and retaining high-quality teachers, particularly teachers of color. According to an analysis by the Center for American Progress, while students of color make up 40 percent of the school-age population, just 17 percent of the nation’s teaching force is made up of teachers of color. What’s more, California has the...
By Christine Chiu | February 13, 2018